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? asked in SportsBaseball · 2 months ago

Are sports teams required to hire people at every managerial position?

Do you need a general manager, or could the owner act as the general manager? Are you required to have an offensive head coach in football or a bench coach in baseball?

4 Answers

  • 2 months ago
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    No.  Front offices are structured by each team's respective ownership.  The Dodgers, for example, currently do not have a "general manager" since the departure of Farhan Zaidi for San Francisco.  His former duties were absorbed by Andrew Friedman who carries the title of "president of baseball operations".

    Like many of the "new age" analytics-heavy franchises, the Dodgers have done away with many traditional front-office titles and instead assumed what Friedman likes to call a "collaborative" approach.  They  have dozens of former players, managers and executives all with the title of "senior advisor" who give input on all areas of operations with Friedman and CEO Stan Kasten making the final call.

    As for on-field coaching and management, there is no rule on a set coaching staff.  This is why, by tradition, Baseball is the only sport where the managers and coaches wear the same uniform as the players...

  • 2 months ago

    No, they aren't required to. Teams are allowed to structure as they wish, but it would be foolish not to have key positions.

  • I would think that Privately Owned Companies come up with their Own Business Plan, Their Own Organization and decide their own approaches to do business. In case you forgot Sports has been business for Decades.

  • 2 months ago

    None of those things are required in the rule book of those sports.

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